Rs 231-crore fraud: Look-out circular against businessman, ex-IAS officer

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Jul 09, 2014 12:17 IST

The district police have issued look-out circulars (LOC) against Delhi-based businessman, Raman Uppal and former IAS officer Gurnihal Singh Pirzada for their alleged involvement in a Rs 231-crore fraud case.

LOCs were issued after additional district and session’s judge, SAS Nagar court, PP Singh had refused pre-arrest bail to the accused last month. Since then, the accused were absconding and could not be traced by the concerned police, who learnt that they were planning to move out of the country, following which the circulars were issued.

Confirming this, senior superintendent of police (SSP), SAS Nagar, Inder Mohan Singh Bhatti said, “We have issued look-out circulars as we got information that, they were trying to flee from the country. Earlier, Pirzada was also said to be involved, but his name was not included among the accused, but the detailed investigation has led to him emerging as a prime accused in the case.”

On June 10, SAS Nagar police lodged an first information report (FIR) against Raman Uppal under sections 420 (cheating) and 406 (criminal breach) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The case was registered based on a complaint lodged by Ludhiana resident, Narinder Singh.

In a curious turn of events, while the Chandigarh police have already sought cancellation of an FIR of fraud registered against former Congress MLA-turned-Akali leader Jeet Mohinder Singh Sidhu, the SAS Nagar police have booked the complainant in the case, Raman Uppal, for forgery.

The case in SAS Nagar has come about as Uppal, who had filed the Rs 60-crore fraud case against former Talwandi Sabo member of legislative assembly (MLA) Sidhu and seven others, was found not to be a director of the company on whose behalf he had filed the complaint.

The prime allegation is that Uppal had got the FIR lodged against Sidhu and others to grab Rs 231 crore worth of property of a company named International Customer-Related Management Services (ICRMS) Private Limited.

On June 24, the district court dismissed the pre-arrest bail of former Gurnihal Singh Pirzada, an IAS officer, and Deepinder Singh Dhaliwal, both of who have been delegated power of attorney by Uppal.

While in recent representation to senior superintendent of police, SAS Nagar, through email, Pirzada has alleged that, the case against Raman Uppal is motivated and in complete violation of the law for extraneous considerations at the behest of politically powerful individuals who are accused in the FIR registered at Chandigarh as per the court’s orders.

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